Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.

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28-Sep-2010 Ethics in the Financial Sector: At Home and Abroad Jim McArdle, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Secretariat and Legal Services, Export Development Canada

With the recent economic crisis, the ethics of the financial sector have been called into question. In Canada, this has an additional layer of complexity when we examine how the financial sector supports Canadian companies operating abroad and how those companies conduct themselves. At present, there is a generalized call for a higher ethical standard of conduct in business. But what does that look like at home, abroad and for the financial sector?
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16-Sep-2010 Becoming an Ethical Leader Marie Legault, Ph.D., President, Legault & Associates Leadership Development Inc.

Becoming an Ethical Leader

The need for ethical leaders has never been greater, yet how leaders develop the capacity and capability to act ethically is not well understood. Join us for this informative session which will present research findings on the development of ethical leaders as well as provide recommendations on how to foster the ethical leadership development process and design practical interventions to accelerate such transformations.

Ms. Legault holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems, a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, a Bachelor of Commerce, an Executive Coaching Graduate Certificate, and a Professional Training & Development Certificate. Her current academic and professional interests include the development of ethical leaders and ethical organizational cultures.

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27-May-2010 Ethical Behaviour in an Ambiguous Era Dr. William (Bill) Dimma, CM, O.Ont, BASc, PEng, MBA, LLD, DBA, FICD

Chair Emeritus of Home Capital Group Inc., Past President of Toronto Star Newspapers, CEO of Royal LePage, Executive Vice-President of Union Carbide, Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University, and author of Excellence in the Boardroom: Best Practices in Corporate Directorship.

Some, perhaps many, believe that the version of capitalism widely in vogue, especially in the U.S.A., is a rogue variant. Is it sustainable over the longer-run? What does it imply for ethical behaviour and for corporate social responsibility?
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29-Apr-2010 Ethics Hotlines: Reinforcing Tone-at-the-Top and Strengthening Internal Controls Phil Enright, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, ClearView Strategic Partners Inc.

In difficult and uncertain economic times, Tone-at-the-Top takes on a whole new level of importance within organizations. Establishing cultures that are ethical and transparent are the responsibility of the senior leaders in organizations. The commitment to the Code of Conduct and having it adopted as the accepted level of behaviour is achieved through consistent messaging (words and actions) from senior leaders, and made 'real' by having an effective ethics reporting system in place.
13-Apr-2010 Ethics and Values in Business Robert Dutton, President and CEO, RONA

Are ethics good for the bottom line? The answer to that question is a resounding "yes", says RONA CEO Robert Dutton - particularly in the wake of the recent financial crisis, which shattered confidence in global financial markets and spawned widespread scepticism about what many viewed as questionable business practices and ethics.

When you get right down to it, Mr. Dutton says, the success and sustainability of not just individual companies but our entire economic system - and, by extension, society - relies on little more than confidence: confidence that we will conduct our affairs in an ethical manner that takes into account not only our fiduciary duty to shareholders and the corporation but also our obligations to other stakeholders - customers, suppliers, employees and communities. In that regard, a company's reputation and values - in other words, its "ethics capital" - is arguably as important to its long-term success as financial capital and human capital.
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09-Mar-2010 Implications of ISO 26000: What Canadian Organizations Should Know About the Coming International Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility David Simpson, Director, Interpraxis Consulting, Member of International Working Group developing the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard and Dr. Kernaghan Webb, Special Advisor to the UN Global Compact on ISO 26000, Member of ISO 26000 Working Group and Professor of Law and Business, Ryerson University.
04-Mar-2010 Managing financial crises and market reform: Governments should do the 'right thing' But what is the "right thing"? Clearly, there are no easy fixes, and the economic impacts of market turmoil are wide, deep and painful. Governments and regulators are faced with tough policy and ethical choices as they try to balance the sometimes conflicting interests of multiple stakeholders. Building additional "safeguards" into financial systems may unintentionally stifle healthy economic growth, and narrowly focused interest groups can work to further complicate government and regulatory policy development. Must there always be winners and losers?

The Ethics Centre is pleased to present John Pattison, a retired senior banking executive and author of works on regulation and international policy coordination, who will share his expertise and insights into the complexities of policy-making in the wake of the global financial crisis.
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11-Feb-2010 Ethics & Risk Management Hilary Randall-Grace, Director of Ethics & Risk Management, National Quality & Risk Management, Deloitte & Touche LLP

While Ethics and Compliance are commonly paired, Ethics plays a more significant role in an organization's risk management practices. This discussion focuses on the role of Ethics in 2010+ Enterprise Risk Management.
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12-Jan-2010 Lockheed Martin's Ethics Communications: Using Multiple Vehicles to Engage Employees Ann-Louise Howard, Company Ethics Officer, Lockheed Martin Canada

Lockheed Martin Corporation's Ethics Program has evolved over many years to become a worldwide leader in the field. Innovative ways to communicate the company's values are regularly being introduced, particularly in the areas of training and employee engagement. During this presentation, an overview of Lockheed Martin's Ethics Program will be provided with an emphasis on the creative tools that are currently used to achieve the Ethics Program's communication goals.
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03-Dec-2009 Building an Ethicial Culture: A Task for the People Fiona Crean, Ombudsman, City of Toronto

Given Toronto's rich diversity and new ethical issues surfacing regularly, it is important that the people accept their personal responsibility to set out the foundation, the context, on which our municipal ethics rests. This can happen by active participation in dialogue as the people call for a greater alignment of reality and truth and a lesser reliance on ideology as the guide to problem solving.
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